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Individual Profile

Guy Roots QC

Francis Taylor Building - London

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  • Francis Taylor Building
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4Y 7BY

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Practice Areas

Guy Roots QC specialises in town and country planning, environment, compulsory purchase and compensation, rating and valuation, and other local government and administrative law subjects. He advises a wide spectrum of clients including companies, local authorities, government and other agencies and individuals. Examples of major schemes in which he acted for the promoter include: London Olympic Games 2012; regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula; decommissioning of Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power station; Terminal 5 at Heathrow; new electricity transmission lines for National Grid and EDF. He is one of the leading experts on compulsory purchase, compensation for compulsory purchase and other categories of statutory compensation, rating and land valuation. He has appeared in many compensation cases in the Lands Tribunal and Upper Tribunal including several arising out of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and he is advising in relation to claims for compensation for Crossrail. He has also appeared in the Lands Tribunal and Court of Appeal in Hong Kong, the Grand Court and Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands, a Board of Assessment in the British Virgin Islands and the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal.

Professional Memberships

Past chairman of the Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA) (2000-04). Member of Compulsory Purchase Association and the National Infrastructure Planning Association. Member of the DETR's Compulsory Purchase Policy Review Advisory Group. Assistant Boundary Commissioner.


Called to Bar: 1969; QC: 1989. MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. Harmsworth Scholar (Middle Temple). Bencher of Middle Temple. Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies.


‘The Law of Compulsory Purchase’ (2nd Ed 2011) published by Bloomsbury Professional ; ‘Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Service' (looseleaf) published by Bloomsbury Professional. ‘Ryde on Rating and the Council Tax' published by Butterworths/LexisNexis.